Food & Recipes

  • Just Between Us Gals

    Gluten is everywhere, but is it innocent or is it betraying your body? By now you probably already know that people on the gluten-free diet avoid wheat, barley, rye, and any oats not labeled gluten-free. And gluten can hide in the most unexpected foods like some brands of broth and corn tortillas.

    How the gluten-free diet can improve your health
    By Carla Spacher
  • Superfood: Apples—Quite the Reputation

    If you thought you knew all there was to know about apples, you’re wrong. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, one bad apple spoils the bunch—while these clichés are true, they are only half the story.

    The mythology

    On apples, love, and health
    By Amy Vergin
  • Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter

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    2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into ½-inch thick rounds

    1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

    3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons granola

    If you won’t be eating these right away, start by brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates to serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com; image: Jenn Benson

  • In Season: Celeriac

    Hailed by some as the world’s ugliest vegetable, this homely root is a perfect fall and winter non-starch alternative to potatoes. Delicious, hearty, and durable in storage, this veggie is a perennial favorite in the UK—high time for another British Invasion.

  • Raw Recipes to Remember

    Summer may be long gone, but you still need good raw sides for your table. But what do you choose? Most dressings require some sort of oil that is not considered raw. Olive oils that are raw need to be made with ripe olives, which are then stone crushed and cold pressed—many olive oils don’t meet that requirement. Reading labels is crucial when attempting to eat all raw.

  • Cook’s Corner: Chili Season Is Upon Us

    Most people grew up with their family chili. Filled with beans, thick and meaty, vegetarian—there are endless possibilities. Then of course there are the toppings: sour cream, cheese, Fritos, or maybe you pair it with some cornbread. As we’ve learned what’s good for your body (and what definitely is not), we see some of those classics in a different light.

  • Gluten-free Strawberry-walnut Scones

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    2 cups raw walnuts

    ¼ cup coconut flour, sifted

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    ¼ cup pure maple syrup

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    2 eggs

    ¼ cup Rich and Creamy Melt, softened until pourable

    Organic strawberry jam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until a fine meal is formed. Place the walnut meal and the remaining dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients, except the Melt Organic, to the walnut meal mixture. Blend well with a hand mixer. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the Melt Organic. Mix well. Using an ice cream size scoop, make eight even balls of dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. With your thumb or a teaspoon, make deep well in the center of each scone. Fill each well with one teaspoon strawberry jam. Bake 23-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown and the dough springs back when pressed lightly. Cool on pan for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container up to three days or freeze up to three months. Source: Melt Chef Cygnia Rapp; meltbutteryspread.com

  • The Gluten-Free Diet for Kids

    The gluten-free diet and its products are everywhere. Is the diet fashionable, all hype, or a healthy choice? Perhaps you have considered the diet for yourself, but what about your kids?

    There are a number of reasons your children may benefit from the gluten-free diet. In this article I’ll show you these reasons and give you tips to make the diet easier on you and your child.

    How, why, and when to take your kids gluten-free
    By Carla Spacher
  • Behold the Beet

    For some kids, eating a beet could be considered a form of torture. Maybe if they knew just how good beets are for you—or that astronauts on Apollo 18 served them to their Russian comrades in a traditional borscht meal—they would be more willing to let beets into their lives.

    Use this venerated vegetable to benefit your well-being
    By Amy Vergin
  • Cook’s Corner: Put the Fun in Back to School Food

    It’s that time of year: The leaves are turning, the busses are rolling, the kids have their new backpacks and new kicks. We want to get them off to a great start in the new school year, but that starts with eating right: Great nutrition must precede great learning.